Gonzaga steals another one

Utah State has lost out on another high-scoring guard after Gonzaga swooped in and made an offer on Kyle Dranginis, a junior point guard out of Skyview High in Nampa, Idaho.

A source close to the USU basketball team told the Deseret News that Dranginis made a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs Tuesday after making a recruiting visit to the Spokane school over the weekend.

Dranginis visited Utah State last week during the Basketball Travelers Invitational and was in the tunnel chatting with Aggie players and coaches following the win over Weber State on Wednesday.

It’s the second time in less than a year that Gonzaga has stolen a potential Aggie away from USU after Stew Morrill — himself a Gonzaga grad — had made a scholarship offer. G.J. Vilarino, a high school guard from Texas and a one-time Kentucky signee, was leaning toward following one of his high school friends, Preston Medlin, to USU before Gonzaga swiped him away from the Aggies.

Vilarino is currently averaging 3.1 points per game for Gonzaga.

Dranginis was named the area player of the year after leading Skyview to the Idaho 4A state championship as a sophomore. Now a junior, Dranginis has the Hawks off to a 7-1 start and is considered the best player in the state.

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